Sonam Sherpa

Graduate Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Geological Sciences
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Sonam Sherpa is a Ph.D. student at the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), Arizona State University (ASU), in Earth Sciences program. She served as a graduate research assistant with the School of Sustainability (SOS), Arizona State University, USA, and graduated with an MS in Science degree in Spring, 2018 before joining SESE. She has a background in the glacier studies and glacial hydrological processes. She worked on climate, glaciers and the hydrology of the high mountain Asia using in-situ and space-based techniques. During her Master's study at ASU, she focused her research on risk perception; vulnerability and resilience to Cryospheric hazards in Nepal, Himalayas. Her current research focuses on water budget changes, majorly sea-level changes and probabilistic flood mapping in the United States using Inferemetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) and understanding of glacier mass changes in the Hindu-kush Himalaya region using gravimetry technique. Her research interest is on geodesy and hydrogeodesy and application of space-based techniques to Geophysical and Geosciences problems.

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Research Interests


Master research featured in October MAHB Standford Issue (link below)

The scientific paper featured in the GlacierHub January 2019 issue.






Sherpa, S. F., Shrestha, M., Eakin, H., & Boone, C. G. (2019). Cryospheric hazards and risk perceptions in the Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park and Buffer Zone, Nepal. Natural Hazards, 1-20.


Sherpa, S., Wagnon, P., Brun, F., Berthier, E., Vincent, C., Lejeune, Y., . . . Sinisalo, A. (2017). Contrasted surface mass balances of debris-free glaciers observed between the southern and the inner parts of the Everest region (2007–15). Journal of Glaciology, 1-15. doi:10.1017/jog.2017.30


Vincent, C., Wagnon, P., Shea, J. M., Immerzeel, W. W., Kraaijenbrink, P., Shrestha, D., Soruco, A., 4 Arnaud, Y., Brun, F., Berthier, E., and Sherpa, S. F. (2016). Reduced melt on debris-covered glaciers: investigations from Changri Nup Glacier, Nepal. The Cryosphere, 10, 1845-1858,




AGU, San Francisco. High Mountain Asia’s Cryosphere Research to Address Climate, Hydrology, Geodynamics, and Hazards session.
Title: Climate Sensitivity of the Glacier Mass Budget of High Mountain Asia Based on Satellite Gravimetry


International Glaciological Society: International Symposium on Timescales, Processes and Glacier                              Dynamics held in Buffalo, New York, USA 

Title: Space-Time Analysis of Variation of Snow and Ice in Nepal, Himalaya from 2001-2016.


Himalayan Studies Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder 2017. Glacier Lake Outburst Flood Risks & Hazards session

Title: Understanding Social and Natural Coupling System in the case of Vulnerability to Glacial Hazards in the Everest region, Nepal.


AGU, San Francisco 2016High Mountain Asia's Cryosphere: System Dynamics and Hazard session

Title: Contrasted glacier mass balance between the southern and the inner part of the Everest region revealed by in- situ measurement since 2007.



Sherpa, S.F., Ojha, C., Shirzaei, M., and Werth, S., “Probabilistic Mapping of August 2018 Flood of Kerala, India, Using Space-borne Synthetic Aperture Radar,”  AGU Fall Meeting 2018. Washington D.C. 

Sherpa, S. F. 2018. Empirical Analysis on Perception of Climate Change Risks in the Mt. Everest Region, Nepal. Poster presented at the Spring 2018 Institute for Social 4 Science Research Graduate Poster Competition, April 25, 2018, Memorial Hall, Tempe, AZ. (Won 2nd prize).  sherpa_s18.pdf


Sherpa, S. F. & M. Shrestha. 2017. Climate Change and Vulnerability to Glacial Lake Outburst Floods: Developing a Community-based Risk Reduction Approach in the Mt. Everest Region, Nepal. Poster: 28, Capacity Development and Utilizing Climate Services in the Climate Prediction Application Workshop, May 2-4 Fairbanks, Alaska.

Sherpa, S. F. 2017. Vulnerability and Resilience to Glacial Hazards in the Mt. Everest region, Nepal. Poster presented at the Spring 2017 Institute for Social Science Research Graduate Poster Competition, April 25, 2017, Memorial Hall, Tempe, AZ. (3rd Prize) s17_sherpa_sonam.pdf

Sherpa, S. F., and M. Shrestha. 2017. Glacial lake outburst flood risks in the Everest region, Nepal: Analyzing the governance and institutional factors of mitigation options. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Central-Arizona, Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 13 January 2017, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ.


Sherpa, S. F. & R.B. Kayatha.2015. Comparison of seasonal and annual mass balances of 3 glaciers in the Everest region since 2007. Poster presented at the National Symposium on Hydrology and Meteorology-2015, organized by Society of Hydrology and Meteorology (SOHAM)




FALL 2016                 

Volunteer Teaching Assistant for Arizona State University undergrad course, International Development and                                  Sustainability (SOS 322) in the role of Nepal country expert (4 months).


2016                Research Associate Glaciologist at The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

2015                Intern at The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).